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  • Audio CD: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (19 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478980907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478980902
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,470 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

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"Bring on the next one, please....Galbraith writes with wit and affection for detective-novel tradition (it's impossible not to see her central duo as a modern-day Nick and Nora, minus the marriage), and races us through a twisty plot so smoothly that you won't notice as the hours tick by." Moira MacDonald, ""The Seattle Times"""

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The second book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jack Croxall (Author/Journo) on 5 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Eight months after the Landry case and Strike is back. Inundated with rich clients wanting their adulterous spouses tailed, the private detective is relieved to receive a likeable visitor with a quandary actually worth investigating. The wife of not-quite-famous author, Owen Quine, Leonora Quine wants her missing husband found. Cormoran takes on the case and quickly finds himself in and amongst London's squabbling literary circle, caught up in the mess created by Quine upon circulation of his latest manuscript; a libellous book in which he viciously attacks almost everyone he's ever worked with.

`Write what you know' is the age old adage and, where Rowling dipped into her experience of fame for The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm deals with a publishing world going through an identity crisis. Traditional publishing, self-publishing and the internet's influence are all fleetingly examined, and you can't help but wonder how many of Cormoran's suspects include portions of the real-life people Rowling encountered during her remarkable rise to superstardom. But then, given the repercussions of Quine's own manuscript, Bombyx Mori (Latin for silkworm), borrowed traits might well have been too ironic an inclusion for even the most cavalier of writers - an enjoyable conundrum to deliberate whilst reading.

A literary yet accessible crime thriller, The Silkworm is, like its predecessor, an excellent read. The mystery is moreish, the characters well-crafted, and the side plots - particularly the continuing animosity between Strike and his assistant's fiancé - are genuinely enjoyable.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S A Jubb on 1 Aug 2014
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The Silkworm is a really good read and I would really recommend it. JK Rowling’s strength is her character development and this shines through again with the hero Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin, and you are left wanting to know more about them. The characters are extremely well thought out and there are lots of details to feast on. I particularly like all the pieces about Strike’s past at Oxford, him being rock star Jonny Rokeby’s son and his doomed love affair with Charlotte. Rowling has also clearly done her research with Strike’s disability and the problems it could cause.

Although I enjoyed this one, and its predecessor A Cuckoo Calling, I did find the plot a little clunky and, perhaps I missed them, there were no real clues throughout the novel as to who the villain was. It felt a bit like ‘pulling the curtain back.’ Plot is certainly not JK Rowling’s strength and if you like plot driven novels, you’re probably better off looking at some of the more established crime authors.

In summary, I think Rowling has hit on an excellent few characters and I expect there to be many more adventures of Cormoran Strike!
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
I read and enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling and so was looking forward to this follow-up. As with the first book I was much more taken by the characters than the plot. Strike is extremely likable and very well-rounded and the relationships between the main characters are really believable. Location too is great; I know that corner of London very well and it was lovely to read it brought to life so evocatively.

Sadly, it’s the plot that lets the whole book down; it reads like a crime novel written by someone who hasn’t read much crime. It lacks the pace of a Val McDermid or a PD James novel and so my main reason for finishing the book was because I was enjoying the character development.

I’d read another one, but hopefully it will be about a hundred pages shorter and have a bit more pace behind it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Jun 2014
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`The Silkworm' written by J. K. Rowling (no more) hidden by pseudonym of Robert Galbraith is second novel in Cormoran Strike series, a private detective from London with turbulent history. Though first novel in series `The Cuckoo's Calling' was good and in the most part interesting work, initially it attracted the attention of the public and readers because of the whole fuss about author hidden identity.

So it was interesting to see what the author of the novel will deliver as the second installment, especially because little time has passed since the publication of the previous one, and the first sequel opened up a lot of space for the development of the story and the characters who appeared in it.

Therefore, after reading `The Silkworm' most important to say is that the second installment is lot better than the first part, and its reading can certainly be recommended because what was good in the first remained on same level of quality, while for some elements on which there was room for improvement now are much better.

For those few on the globe who still don't know, main character of this novel is strangely named London detective, Cormoran Strike, which was firstly a kind of stereotypical detective type, but as the story unfolds and the reader gets to know him, he reveals as guy with a troubled past because of disturbed childhood and military career because of which he lost his leg fighting in Afghanistan, but equally difficult present because og money problems and the inability to establish a closer relationship with the people from the environment.
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